Oprah speech has Democrats buzzing about possible 2020 run

Oprah speech has Democrats buzzing about possible 2020 run

"Yeah, I'll beat Oprah", President Donald Trump replied Tuesday when asked about a potential 2020 campaign against media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who has been garnering buzz to make a run at the White House.

"She loves this country and would like to be of service in some way, but I don't think she's actively considering it at this time", King said, noting that she had spoken to Winfrey at length the night before.

However, Winfrey has already previously said she wouldn't run a number of times, telling her King on CBS This Morning in October, "There will be no running for office of any kind for me". What's missing? Experience in government, a demonstrated grasp of public policy, political skills, including the ability to negotiate and compromise across partisan and worldwide lines, and, most of all, a desire to serve.

In his words, the only question on Winfrey is whether she wants to be demoted from "Queen of the Universe to President of the United States".

"In 2011, I told some jokes about our current President at the White House Correspondents Dinner, jokes about how he was unqualified to be President", he said.

Despite Winfrey's denials, she tweeted in September a New York Post editorial that trumpeted her as the Democrats' best hope of beating Trump in 2020 with the message, "Thanks for your VOTE of confidence!"

Actress Alyssa Milano and others quickly chimed in, pointing out that Ivanka Trump's tweet doesn't mention that her father faces accusations of sexual misconduct by several women. And her longtime partner Stedman Graham suggested on Sunday she might be up for it.

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Becoming the first black woman to accept the Cecil B. De Mille lifetime achievement award, her speech wove together gender, poverty and race.

"I don't think she had any intention [of declaring]", Streep continued.

President Trump's 2016 candidacy dispelled the notion that presidential candidates must serve as a member of Congress or a governor before reaching for the highest office in the land.

If the speculation is wishful thinking, Winfrey's fame and wealth, extraordinary personal story overcoming poverty, child sexual abuse and pregnancy to build a $2.8 billion fortune and Oscar-nominated acting career, the scales would definitely tilt in her favour.

"I like Oprah", Trump told ABC News in June 2015. "She's popular, she's brilliant, she's a wonderful woman".

But look, I get it. Democrats have been traumatized by recent events, and one of the responses is to throw up your hands and say, "Fine then".

Oprah hasn't personally given a clear answer on a presidential run since the speech, but she publicly ruled it out as recently as three months ago. Actually, there's a pretty good chance it's not.

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